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Calif. Gov. Bans Local Municipalities from Banning Circumcisions

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (The Blaze/AP) -- California's governor has signed a bill that that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcision.

Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Sunday that the Democrat signed AB768, a bill written in response to a ballot measure proposed in San Francisco.

Backers of a ban collected more than 7,700 signatures to put a measure on the November ballot in San Francisco to outlaw the circumcision of most male children. It was later blocked by a judge.

They had argued that circumcision is an unnecessary surgery that can lead to sexual and health problems later in life.

Those against the ban say it is an important religious practice for many Jews and Muslims, and that it can reduce the risk of cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, Jews and Muslims united against the proposed ban and filed a joint lawsuit back in June.

The proposed ban took on an anti-Semitic tone when Matthew Hess unveiled the comic "Foreskin Man," which was supposed to help the ban's cause but may have ended up doing more harm than good:

That, of course, prompted the reactionary comic, "Captain Israel:"

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